With the wind blowing 12 to 16 mph and kicking up some pretty good wave action, a few charter boats ventured out with some brave souls on Thursday.
For the ones that toughed it out, they came in with some mighty fine catches.
Capt. Joe Quaranto on the Silver Lining cut his eight-hour trip into a four-hour, but still managed to put his anglers on some king mackerel. They reeled in a half dozen, two in the 25-pound range.
“You could see the mackerel busting on the water,” Quaranto said.
His deckhand said he couldn’t get them to eat anything but a live herring.
In addition to the mackerel, Quaranto said they got four sharks to the boat, a couple of blacktip and spinner sharks, all near the sea buoy.
Capt. Mike Graef on the Huntress cut his six-hour trip into a four-hour as well. He and his group from Shreveport, Louisiana loaded up on the king mackerel.
“The kings bit really well today,” Graef said.
The Towson family from Albany, Georgia on the Windwalker II with Capt. Bernie LeFebvre came in around 11 a.m. with a good catch of king mackerel, a Spanish mackerel and a bonito. Although captain said it was a bit rough when he got to the boat this morning, his group was ready and willing to go. And of course the lone female on the trip, Emily Towson, landed the biggest fish of the day, a 25-pound plus king mackerel.
Not long after, the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion at the helm backed in with a good catch. His group from Alabama toughed out the rough seas and brought in a few triggerfish, mingo and a Spanish mackerel.
“It was 3 to 4 footers with an occasional 5 ½ … it was more challenging trying to catch our triggers,” Couvillion said.
Nevertheless he said, “There are two less triggers out there now.”
Triggerfish season wrapped up on Friday at midnight.
But not to worry, there are still plenty of other fish to catch.
See you at the docks.